Bully Nation: How Militaristic Capitalism Creates a Bullying Society
21 May 2016
Charles Derber and Yale Magrass have written a new book Bully Nation, where they propose bullying is more than a personal problem or childhood trauma. As the great sociologist, C. Wright Mills argued, personal problems are public issues, and none more so than bullying. It is at the core of Militaristic Capitalism.
In order to assure domination, the militaristic capitalist elite must build a culture that reinforces and rewards bullying behaviors and values, both in the ruling institutions and in everyday interpersonal interactions. Bullying infiltrates corporations, the state, foreign policy, the natural environment, race relations, families, schools, sports and entertainment.
Bullying cannot be addressed without looking at the bullying institutions which dominate the larger society and politics. Without studying bullying, we cannot understand the rise of Donald Trump. Even if he fades, the bullying culture which gave rise to him will remain and we must address it if we are to prevent the worst aspects of militaristic capitalism from imperiling the citizens of the United States and the global community.
Derber & Magrass will present the argument of the book and also discuss its relevance to the current political scene. Brian Broadrose will comment on thesis and offer additional insights on this issue.